2021-07-29 09:09:47 UTC
alternate history novel _Lest Darkness Fall_ was that the collapse of
civilization did not happen immediately following the barbarian
conquest of the Western Roman Empire. When a lightning bolt transports
archaeologist Martin Padway back to Rome in the year 535 AD he is
not in the Roman Empire as such but in the Ostrogothic Kingdom.
The Goths had taken over the western Empire but did not destroy it,
and the economy functioned much as before, so that there was
an infrastructure of financiers and artisans which Padway could
draw upon to create technologies such as distilling and printing
in his efforts to prevent the collapse which would otherwise
occur in the next few decades.
Several months ago there was a program on Minnesota public
television which showcased one of the proportionately few
woman gondoliers of Venice. Rather than a typical
Mediterranean, she was a slender blond. Are blond Italians
likely to be of Gothic ancestry? With the availability and
popularity of DNA analysis I suspect there is more information
about this than previously.
My thanks in advance for any replies.